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Gay Mormons Urge
Church to Stand Down in Marriage Fight

Gay Mormons Urge
Church to Stand Down in Marriage Fight

A group for LGBT Mormons is urging church leaders to stay out of the fight to nullify the California supreme court ruling May 15 legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.

An LGBT Mormons group is urging church leaders to stay out of the fight to nullify the California supreme court ruling May 15 legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. The group, known as Affirmations, released a statement on Wednesday asking critics and conservative groups not to lend their support to an upcoming ballot initiative that would amend the California state constitution to define marriage as the union of one woman and one man.

According to the Associated Press, Affirmations executive director Olin Thomas wrote that the court ruling does not affect the doctrine of the Mormon Church or the sacred ceremonies conducted in its temples, which bind couples for eternity.

"We encourage LDS leaders to find a new focus by preaching and living a gospel of love and respect toward all peoples and all families," he said in the statement. He also said that the ruling is about civil marriage as an institution of the state, and not one that dictates a religion's acknowledgment of gay marriage. Leaders from the Mormon Church, along with Roman Catholics, evangelicals, and Orthodox Jews, filed briefs in the supreme court case asking the court to keep the ban on gay marriage.

In 2000, the church worked actively to build support for Proposition 22 in California, a ballot measure that changed state law to ban gay marriage. (The Advocate)

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